Services for Lester L. Johnson


Lester L. Johnson, 92, of Clearbrook, MN, died on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at First Care Living Center in Fosston, MN.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bagley, MN with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will be at Greenwood Lutheran Cemetery in Clearbrook, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Lester was born on May 31, 1927 in Clearwater County, Minnesota to Gustave and Clara (Knutson) Johnson. He grew up around the Clearbrook area, attending country school. Lester worked at Gessel Concrete. He was united in marriage to Delores Marion Bratvold on April 25, 1948. Lester later went to work for Burlington-Northern Railroad, where he worked for 42 years, retiring in 1987 at the age of 60.


Lester loved to keep busy and was always whistling through his projects. He sawed lumber at his own saw mill and built a cabin in 1985 in Big Falls. He loved to go up there and hunt and cut wood. He was a jack of all trades and even built his daughter Denise’s house, sawing all the wood himself. Lester was a good man, through and through.


He is survived by his children, Brad (Ferol) Johnson, Darrel (Kristine) Johnson, and Denise (Roland Lundmark) Bealhen; his grandchildren, Jared (Christine) Johnson, Barton (Bethany) Johnson, and Randa Johnson; 7 great grandchildren; his sister, Jean (Lester) Sundquist; and many other family and friends.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Johnson; his parents, Gust and Clara Johnson; his grandson, Chanin Johnson; his son-in-law, Gary Beahlen; daughter-in-law, GeeGee Johnson; and his siblings, Willmer Johnson, Muriel Grotte, Devona Otness, Dennis Johnson, and Marlin Johnson.


Messages of condolence may be sent to


Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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